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Raphinha absent as Armstrong, Jimenez, Dias and Grealish are benched

Raphinha is absent for Leeds United’s clash with Southampton, one of five Premier League matches getting underway at the traditional Saturday kick-off time of 3pm.

The Brazilian was in action for his country in the early hours of Friday morning and a start always looked like being a tall order against the Saints given the swift turnaround but he has failed to even make the matchday squad today.

The injured Kalvin Phillips and Junior Firpo also make way, with Tyler Roberts, Jack Harrison and Pascal Struijk coming in.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl makes five changes to his starting XI, with Adam Armstrong a surprise omission.

Captain James Ward-Prowse begins a three-match ban and Che Adams is injured, with Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo Walcott, Nathan Tella and Armstrong all benched.

Romain Perraud, Armando Broja, Moussa Djenepo, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ibrahima Diallo are promoted to Hasenhuttl’s line-up.

Manchester City v Burnley, Leicester City v Manchester United, Norwich City v Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers are the other top-flight games taking place this afternoon.

Pep Guardiola has sprung a few surprises with his teamsheet, with Ruben Dias and Jack Grealish benched.

Raheem Sterling gets the nod in the City attack, with Zack Steffen, Nathan Ake and Riyad Mahrez the other players who come in.

Burnley make three changes from the side that drew with Norwich last time out. Jack Cork, Erik Pieters and Maxwell Cornet replace Charlie Taylor, Aaron Lennon and Matej Vydra.

Aston Villa include Emiliano Martínez and midfielder Douglas Luiz despite their recent international commitments, while Emiliano Buendía and Axel Tuanzebe return in place of Kortney Hause and Jacob Ramsey.

Wolves make two changes from the side that beat Newcastle, with Adama Traore and Leander Dendoncker starting in place of the ill Francisco Trincao and the benched Raul Jimenez; the Mexican striker was in action for his country in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Man Utd captain Harry Maguire makes a swift return from injury to replace the sidelined Raphael Varane, while Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho also start for the Red Devils.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers makes five changes to the team that started the 2-2 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace before the international break.

Defender Jonny Evans comes in for his first league start since April, while Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira, Boubakary Soumare and James Maddison also make the cut.

Ryan Bertrand, Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhury, Jannik Vestergaard and Ademola Lookman drop to the bench.

Brighton and Norwich are both unchanged.

GAMEWEEK 8 LINE-UPS

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Konsa, Tuanzebe, Mings, Cash, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Buendia, Targett, Watkins, Ings.

Subs: Sanson, Steer, Young, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Hause, Philogene-Bidace, Archer, Jacob Ramsey.

Wolves XI: Jose Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Nelson Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Marcal, Traore, Hwang.

Subs: Hoever, Ait Nouri, Jimenez, Daniel Podence, Moulden, Boly, Silva, Ruddy, Cundle.


Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Maddison, Tielemans, Amartey, Vardy, Iheanacho, Soumare

Subs: Ward, Bertrand, Barnes, Albrighton, Perez, Choudhury, Vestergaard, Daka, Lookman

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fernandes, Pogba, Greenwood, Ronaldo, Sancho

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Mata, Rashford, Lingard, Dalot, Telles, Van de Beek, McTominay


Man City XI: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Foden, Mahrez

Subs: Carson, Walker, Dias, Gundogan, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Palmer, Slicker

Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Collins, Pieters, Cork, Brownhill, Westwood, Cornet, McNeil, Wood

Subs: Hennessey, Norris, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Roberts, Lennon, Rodriguez, Bardsley, Long


Norwich XI: Krul, Aaron, Gibson, Hanley, Normann, Lees-Melou, Pukki, McLean, Sargent, Giannoulis.

Subs: Gunn, Rupp, Gilmour, Dowell, Rashica, Tzolis, Williams, Idah, Omobamidele

Brighton XI: Sanchez, Dunk, Duffy, Burn, Veltman, Gross, Lallana, Moder, Cucurella, Trossard Maupay

Subs: Lamptey, Connolly, MacAllister, March, Steele, Locadia, Roberts, Richards, Sarmiento


Southampton XI: McCarthy, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud, Romeu, Diallo, Djenepo, Elyounoussi, Broja, Redmond.

Subs: Forster, Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Valery, Tella, S. Armstrong, A. Armstrong, Long, Walcott.

Leeds XI: Meslier, Shackleton, Cooper, Llorente, Dallas, Klich, James, Roberts, Struijk, Harrison, Rodrigo.

Subs: Klaesson, Drameh, Hjelde, Cresswell, Summerville, McKinstry, Forshaw, Greenwood, Gelhardt.

1,289 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tiele G
    Nacho A

    Maguire howler

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not 100% shouted playing

  2. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Shaw, the gift that keeps on giving

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Maguire more like.

      Sweet finish tho.

  3. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tielemans!

  4. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Leicester equaliser

    1-1

  5. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Harry Maguire robbed by Ian Nacho, Tielemans scores

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tilly G

  7. Jafooli
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ole at the bar…

    1. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      ….drinking heavily

  8. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    what a goal tielemans

  9. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    What a shocker by Slabhead

  10. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tielemans wow

  11. Thanos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Slab head at it again 🙄

  12. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Great cross haha

  13. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    One of those frustrating 1 pointer from Mahrez ?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Even as a non owner I hope not as it was a beautiful punt. Just don’t want him to go mad though.

    2. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Mahrez looks lethargic and woeful.

      Every time he receives the ball it's like all energy dissipates from the play.

  14. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Lazy Maguire

  15. Thanos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Mahrez BIG miss!!!

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Expected as I got him over Foden

      1. Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Same.

  16. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Deserved by Utd for playing a free-kick backwards

  17. sozopol
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ihenacho looks hungry and dangerous

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Becoming hard to ignore!

    2. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      What if he trys pulling a Suarez?

    3. masewindu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Could be shout instead of Ron

  18. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Another one for the Harry Maguire blooper reel

    It's about 7 hours long now at this stage

    I swer, he is *the* most overrated player in world football

    An absolute walking disaster-zone

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I miss Vidic and Ferdinand

    2. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Pogba is the most overrated player in world football.

      1. El Matador
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Pogba is a different player when he plays for France. Maguire isn't. So no, Maguire is overrated.

        1. Bartowski
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          To be fair, Maguire has had a lot of difficulty getting into that French team.

          1. El Matador
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            You know what I mean

            1. Bartowski
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Je nais comprend pas

              1. petefa
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Mange tout, Rodney.

              2. El Matador
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Ferme-la idiot

      2. 1zverGGadeM
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Still at least second after Harry Maguire

    3. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Could make a movie just with his mistakes...

    4. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      James Rodriguez should also feature at the top of the most overrated players list.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        It's a long list - but Maguire sits proudly atop it, untouchable, adorned in his sheer glittering shockingness

        You'll never find a single word of dissent about England's Harry Maguire amongst any mainstream media outlet or puppet

  19. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Maguire you utter piece of worthlessness, gtfo!

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Roadrunner no end product

  21. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tielemans crossing there?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yeah, back post was on.

  22. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Traore unreal run but just blasts straight at keeper

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Is it a Saturday?

      At least it wasn't over the bar.

  23. TOBY1
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Marez having a shocker

  24. Wild Card this!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Mahrez has been aweful so far…probably going to score now, just to prove the point 🙂

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I tried to get him for Jota, but couldn't afford after getting R James in. He will score.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Did he turn down your transfer request?

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He's more of an anti-Pep player than even Aguero.

  25. Milkman Bruno
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Maguire ffs

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Worried that Mahrez will be subbed at HT

      1. Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thinking the same. He's been pedestrian at best.

        May see a switch in formation at the break and Mahrez hooked.

    • Mikel Arteta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Mahrez scored a drop goal

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        +3

    • diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Shaw was essential before GW1. Now noone wants him.

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thankfully I avoided him altogether and went with Cancelo over him

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        5 weeks he will be?

      3. dshv
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hahahahaha this

      4. vincentwsho
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I was gonna swap him for Dias, but priced out by the rise.... still, United could not keep a cleanie

    • VIVA_RONALDO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Bronwhill close

    • Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 17 days ago

        You’d think Maddison was hit by Tyson Fury. Get up